For this basketball image, I used a Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera with a Sony 24-70mm f/2.8G Master lens. The exposure was 1/200 sec., f/4.5, ISO 200, and I used four Elinchrom 500ELC strobe units in catwalk with sport reflectors and a Pocket Wizard radio system to trigger them. I single frame all of my basketball images when shooting on strobes.
If you’re looking to improve the quality of your shots, you’ll discover you can learn many aspects of digital photography quickly with a primer on settings and selecting the correct lens to use. Of course, you also have the advantage of using a digital camera, which means you can instantly see what you just shot. That allows you to keep working on the image until it looks the way you want.
For shooting sports, you’ll need a similar primer: First, you’ll have to sit through the obligatory sessions of watching YouTube videos. Then, you’ll end up trying to buy the most expensive lenses made. Finally, you’ll pour many years into the craft before you see major progress toward the goal of getting minimally proficient.
But hopefully, my tips will help you get there more quickly. Here are my 10 tips to turn out respectable images of sporting events, in order: